Review: Derek Matravers: Fiction and Narrative [Book Review]

Philosophical Quarterly 67 (269):876-879 (2017)
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The idea that fiction may be distinguished from non-fiction on the basis of the notion of make-believe has been the dominant view in aesthetics since Kendall Walton published Mimesis as Make-Believe. With Fiction and Narrative, Derek Matravers aims to debunk make-believe, and replaces the fiction/non-fiction distinction with the distinction between representations and ‘confrontations’. Matravers argues that there are several levels to our engagement with fiction. At the ‘ground level’, so to speak, we have plain understanding of the words and sentences in a narrative, be it fictional or not. At the next level, we engage with that narrative by constructing ‘mental models’ based on that fundamental understanding. Neither of these calls for the imagination. Imagination... © The Author 2016. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The Scots Philosophical Association and the University of St Andrews. All rights reserved. For permissions, please e-mail: [email protected]

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Mimesis as Make-Believe.Kendall L. Walton - 1996 - Synthese 109 (3):413-434.
Inference during reading.Gail McKoon & Roger Ratcliff - 1992 - Psychological Review 99 (3):440-466.

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